Partner, Community Partnership & Advocacy

About RootED

We’ve set an audacious goal: all Denver Public Schools students will attend a high-performing school that prepares them for what’s next — success in college, in careers, and in life.

At RootED, we believe students, schools, and communities thrive when they have the access, tools, and resources to drive change. That’s why we provide funding and strategic support to schools and organizations that authentically engage their communities to create world-class public schools for every student in Denver.

Reaching our goal requires a departure from the status quo. The lack of access to a quality education disproportionately affects students of color, low income students, and students with disabilities. Many of these children, their families, educators, and surrounding communities are left out of efforts to improve their schools.

So, We’re investing in partners that ensure those voices are at the center of decision-making. Specifically, our funding priorities include:

RootED is an organization that utilizes a co-leadership partnership model where each Partner leads a key aspect of our work and where every Partner is involved in key organizational strategic decisions.

About the Role

You will play a vital role in achieving the goals of RootED by leading RootED’s community-driven partnership and advocacy work.  This will include the creation and implementation of RootED’s community/advocacy strategy,  leading all community investment activities, maintaining the essential community relationships for the organization as well as keeping the team informed on the landscape and community needs. This role will ensure that RootED is operating in partnership with the communities and the leaders who know them best so that our funding decisions and day to day operations are in line with our organizational values. In addition, as a Partner at RootED this person will be involved in making strategic decisions affecting the organization as a whole. Major areas of responsibility include:

Organizational Leadership

Grant Portfolio Management

Community Relationships

Coalition Building & Advocacy

Key Qualifications

Strong candidates will have the following skills and experiences:

Team Orientation

Strong candidates will have the following qualities:

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $130,000 – $165,000, depending on our chosen candidate’s readiness to fully engage in all aspects of the organizational leadership, advocacy leadership and relationship building components of this role upon hire. We are mindful of market pay inequities and are committed to making an offer that is externally and internally equitable; our offer will be based on the demands of the role and the skills and experiences the candidate brings. RootED provides a comprehensive benefits package and opportunities for meaningful advancement for all team members.

RootED is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.


To apply, please submit a resume and a response to the prompt below to:

Please answer the following briefly and in a medium of your choosing (if you answer in written form, please keep to under 150 words per response; if you answer in video form, please keep to under 2 minutes per response).

  1. What makes you a great potential fit for this role?
  2. What does community-driven change mean to you? 
  3. What is your proudest accomplishment when it comes to bringing on-the-ground community leaders and system leaders together to accomplish a specific goal? How would you apply your learnings from this to advancing racial equity in education as RootED’s Partner of Community Partnership & Advocacy? If you have one or more artifacts that capture this accomplishment, please attach them to your email response.